Archive | March, 2011

Eye Screening for Children

31 Mar

The AAO “InfantSEE” Program

Dry eye, eye disease and low vision in infants and children

Guest: Glenn Steele, OD (Memphis, TN), American Academy of Optometry InfantSEE program.

Dr. Glenn Steele is an optometrist representing the American Academy of Optometry’s InfantSee program, and a Professor at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. InfantSee receives major funding from Johnson and Johnson. The program provides free vision and eye screening for children under one year old. Eight-thousand volunteer doctors in the U.S. participate in the program.

Sharon Kleyne noted that one infant in 250 is born with cataracts and there is a lack of education of parents on childhood vision and eye health and development. Some hospitals give eye exams to newborns but not all. She also noted that we begin struggling with dehydration and dry eyes from the moment of birth and it lasts throughout our lives.

Even though the need is great at all economic levels, InfantSEE focuses on the poorest people and on high risk communities (although even President Carter had two grandchildren with vision problems first detected in a school screening). The goals are to provide a free examination and screening to every child at age three months and six months, and to provide parental education about eye diseases, natural eye health and dry eye prevention.

At age three months, according to Dr. Steele, babies start to separate the senses. Before that, the senses blend together in their perception. For the separation to occur, all senses must function properly. Eyes more than anything connect the baby to the people and world around them. Eventually, eyes are able to anticipate the other senses (you can often tell by looking at something if its hard or soft, hot or cold). This can be critical in physical coordination and intelligence. If eyes are not naturally healthy, or dry eye symptoms are creating other eye problems, this process could be impaired.

Dr. Steele notes that emotional and behavioral problems may be caused in part by eye and vision problems in infancy and childhood. Vision and eyes can affect walking, hand-eye coordination and other developmental areas. Vision problems and dry eye could also be a factor in attention deficit disorder. The link between eyes and emotional development is not well established but there is some correlation.

A parent can evaluate a child’s vision and natural eye health by observing how it tracks objects and responds to visual stimulation. They should also look for dry eye symptoms such as redness, squinting, occasionally blurred vision, frequent headaches and fatigue, and make sure the child drinks sufficient water.

Computer and TV use, says Dr. Steele, should be minimal up to age three, then carefully monitored by parents. Children engaged in these activities tend to blink far less (three to four time a minute as opposed to 20 times a minute), which can lead to dry eye problems. To prevent computer dry eye (or computer vision syndrome) Children (and adults) should take a break at least once very 15 minutes.

Dr. Steele recommends observing your baby’s eyes closely and never assuming that everything is OK.

SharonKleyne’s evaluation: This is the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water’s second InfantSEE guest. InfantSee does critical work worldwide in screening for childhood vision and eye problems such as dry eye and poor vision that lead to lifelong disabilities. I encourage listeners to learn more about this amazing organization.

CONTACT:

Bio-Logic Aqua Research – Rogue Media Division.
1-800-FOR-MIST (367-6478)
RogueMedia@biologicaquaresearch.com
www.naturestears.com
whatistheeye.wordpress.com
www.biologicqua.com

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Senior Citizens’ Eye Diseases

30 Mar

Managing Aging Eye – Lifestyle, Nutrition and Water.

“Eye Misting” Is a New, All-Natural Discovery for Senior Dry Eye

Seniors and aging eye.

As you age, it is normal to become concerned about the many serious eye diseases to which seniors are susceptible. These diseases are collectively called “aging eye.”

Managing aging eye.

Ideally, your parents will have taken you for regular eye exams and made sure you ate properly, obtained sufficient sleep and exercise, and drank enough water (hydration is important because recent research is discovering a link between aging eye diseases and chronic dehydration). If you maintain and eye healthy lifestyle as an adult, your chances of developing serious aging eye diseases could be considerably reduced.

Bio-Logic Aqua Research has discovered that age related eye disease can be minimized by proactively managing your eye health and lifestyle.

The company recommends:

  • Regular eye exams (to catch problems early).
  • Drinking at least 60 to 80 ounces of water a day to prevent dehydration.
  • Eating plenty of dark green vegetables (spinach, kale, arugula and broccoli). Carrots are extremely high in beta-carotene, required for visual functioning.
  • Obtaining plenty of sleep and exercise.
  • Avoiding excessive sun exposure, prolonged computer use, smoking and other activities that create a high risk for dehydration and dry eye in seniors.

Aging eye diseases.

  • Age related macular degeneration.
  • Cataracts.
  • Diabetic retinopathy.
  • Floaters.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Presbyopia.

Senior dry eye.

Chronic dry eye (loss of tear film water/moisture) is common among seniors and can lead to corneal ulceration, eye cancer and blindness. Research is discovering that dry eye could be a root cause of all aging eye diseases. To prevent dry eye and prolong vision, it is important at any age to drink plenty of water, keep eyes hydrated and be aware of dehydration symptoms. Be especially proactive if you live in a high risk area for dry eye or frequently engage in the high risk activities listed above.

Eye Misting.

Proper eye hydration, maintaining the correct amount of all-natural moisture in the eye’s tear film, could help senior citizens (and everyone else) prevent or alleviate aging eye diseases. A patented new all-natural approach to eye hydration, called “eye misting,” has recently made this much easier. Simply point the gentle, 100% water, hand-held mist applicator towards your face and press a button. There are no eye drops, eye droppers, chemicals, preservatives or saline solution. Your eyes absorb the all-natural water mist from the air exactly as they absorb natural humidity.

The only all-natural water eye mist currently available is Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, from Bio-Logic Aqua Research.

CONTACT:

Bio-Logic Aqua Research – Rogue Media Division.
1-800-FOR-MIST (367-6478)
RogueMedia@biologicaquaresearch.com
www.naturestears.com
whatistheeye.wordpress.com
www.biologicqua.com

How to Use Eye Drops Safely

26 Mar

Educating Seniors on Safe Eye Drop Use and Dry Eye

The “All-Natural Eye Mist” Alternative

Research has discovered a growing need for proactive education about the safe application of eye drops, especially among seniors. Dry eye disease (or dry eye syndrome) is a crisis among people over 65, many of whom rely on formulated eye drops. Frequent eye drop use may create a safety risk for older people, who are more likely to, (1) live alone, (2) be on medication, (3) have unsteady hands, (4) have poor coordination, (5) have poor balance, and (6) have low vision. It is never a good idea to apply eye drops while alone.

Eye drop users should also be aware of “all-natural eye misting,” a new and patented approach to supplementing lost natural eye moisture caused by dry eye. Eye mists (or eye sprays) do not replace doctor prescribed eye drops but are safely and easily applied between eye drop applications. Eye mists utilize an ultra-fine water mist applied from a hand-held device. All eye drop users, no matter what their age, should be aware of: the following safety suggestions regarding eye drops and eye mist.

Eye Drop Safety Eye Mist Safety
Application. Applying eye drops for dry eye require tilting the head back, holding the eyelid open and holding a dropper near the eye. User may experience burning eyes, blurred vision and disorientation following application.

  • For individuals with poor coordination or balance, it is safer to sit down when applying eye drops.
  • Assistance is recommended for individuals with Parkinson’s, arthritis or unsteady hands.
  • Medications may cause unsteady hands and diminished coordination and balance.
  • It is never a good idea to apply eye drops while alone, no matter what your age.
  • Remain seated until the burning and blurring are over.
Application. Eye mist/eye spray for dry eye is applied with a sweep in front of the face, without an eyedropper. There is no head-tilting, no eyelid lifting, no blurred vision and no disorientation. The mist is quickly and easily applied and safe for all ages to apply unsupervised. Often you don’t even need to stop what you’re doing – eye mist can be applied while driving a car, walking or riding a bicycle.
Sterility. Problem can arise from loss of sterility in the eye drops or the dropper.

  • Opening the bottle exposes the contents to the air.
  • Touching the dropper with your hands, face or eye may cause contamination that can be transferred to the bottle contents or to your eyes.
Sterility. Eye mist is contained in a sealed hand-held unit that remains sterile even after many applications. The all-natural mist goes directly from the sealed container to your eye, with no opportunity for contamination.
Dosage limit. Read directions and label warnings carefully and do not over apply. Dosage limit. There is no dosage limit. Apply eye mist as often as desired, including between allowable eye drop applications. The mist is 100% safe for seniors, adults, children and infants.
Shelf life. Read the label carefully to determine if there is a “sell-by” date or a “discard after” date. Shelf life. Eye mist has a four year shelf-life.

For more information:

This education is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research as part of a proactive daily program for good health. If you have questions or wish to learn more, visit us at http://www.biologicaquaresearch.com..

Correct eye drop application: http://www.uic.edu/com/eye/LearningAboutVision/EyeFacts/MedicineForEyes.shtml

Dry eye disease: http://www.dryeyezone.com

Eye mist information: http://www.naturestears.com

All-Natural Alternative for Dry Eyes is NOT an Eye Drop

21 Mar

Nature’s Tears EyeMist – 100% Water Mist Soothes Dry Eyes Without Eye Drops.

* Sharon Kleyne, Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research and as internationally syndicated radio talk show host (Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water®), recently announced a brand new United States patent on her company’s all-natural, non-eye drop eye mist product for dry eyes, Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. This is the first and only dry eye product in the over-the-counter eye care market that is all-natural and not an eye drop.

* Nature’s Tears EyeMist is the only 100% water, 100% pure, all-natural, non-eye drop product sold in any natural health and pharmaceutical dry eye care section of any major drug store. No other dry eye product, with or without eye drops, is as natural, pure or biocompatible with the human eye and tear film. Because it is not an eye drop, Nature’s Tears EyeMist does not flood the tear film when applied so the tear film’s natural structure remains intact.

* Nature’s Tears EyeMist contains only 100% all-natural Bio-Logic Aqua tissue culture grade water. Unlike eye drops, the mist contains no saline, chemicals or formulated compounds. Also, eye drops with preservatives often cause an allergic reaction. Nature’s Tears EyeMist, without eye drops, is 100% safe, healthy and non-allergenic.

* Dry eye symptoms include itching eyes, burning eyes, red eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, headaches, shoulder aches, etc. Dry eye is commonly associated with dry air, indoor air, excessive heat or cold, numerous dehydration diseases, medications, wind, low humidity, computer use, airline travel, strenuous activities and many other situations. The most common product for dry eyes have always been formulated eye drops. Continue reading

Red Eyes and Dry Eyes All-Natural Water Alternative

17 Mar

Nature’s Tears EyeMist – Breakthrough Relief for Red Eyes and Dry Eyes

* Red eye (capillary inflammation of the eye’s white fibrous tissue, or sclera) is an early symptom of dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a disease of dehydration and inflammation that includes the capillaries of the sclera. Earliest symptoms are transitory blurred vision and fatigue, followed by red eye and a burning or grainy sensation.

* Dry eye occurs when there is insufficient water (moisture) in the protective tear film covering the eyes’ exposed portions. Tear film dehydration can be caused by insufficient tear production, poor tear film quality that exposes the tears to evaporation, or environmental factors that also increase evaporation. These are rarely mutually exclusive.

* No matter what the cause, the result is insufficient water in the tear film’s middle (aqueous) layer. This produces an over-concentration of electrolytes and the production of inflammatory hormones. Reduced moisture content increases susceptibility to allergies and bacteria, resulting in itching, watery and red eyes. Continue reading

Blurred Vision Is a Symptom of Dry Eyes

17 Mar

Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® – A New Alternative for Blurred Vision Caused by Dry Eyes.

All-Natural – 100% Water

* Blurred vision is frequently associated with dry eye disease, a common eye complaint that is rapidly rising and potentially threatening to sight. Some researchers believe that all blurred vision may ultimately be discovered to be related to dry eye, including blurred vision caused by near sightedness, far sightedness, glaucoma, cataracts, migraines and allergies.

* Blurred vision is most directly associated with dry eye syndrome and tear film dehydration when the following conditions are present:

  • The blurred vision improves after several blinks.
  • The blurred vision is worse at the end of the day.
  • The blurred vision comes and goes.
  • The blurred vision is worse after long periods of intense concentration such as reading a book or working at a computer. Continue reading

Nature’s Tears EyeMist Aims to Wipe Out Surfer’s Eye

14 Mar

Pterygium Is Pterrible.
“Pterygium” is to the sport of wave surfing as tennis elbow is to tennis. In short, you don’t want any part of it and a wise surfer will do whatever it takes to avoid it. Make no mistake, if you are a surfer, you are definitely at risk. If you are a surfer who experiences frequent eye discomfort (as most surfers do), and who uses no eye protection, you could be at extreme risk.

The good news is that while pterygium is curable only by surgery, it is easily preventable. This article will offer the latest education about the condition known as “pterygium” or “surfer’s eye,” including some information you probably haven’t heard before, to help you enjoy your sport while maintaining strong, healthy eyes.

What Causes “Surfer’s Eye”?
The word pterygium is Greek for “wing.” Pterygium can occur elsewhere on the body but we are concerned here only with “conjunctival pterygium,” which affects the eyes. “Conjunctival pterygium” refers to a wing-like membrane that begins growing near the “conjunctiva” (the corner of the eye near the nose) and gradually works its way towards the cornea (the eye’s clear portion), covering more and more of the eyeball as it progresses. Once the membrane reaches the cornea, vision can be impaired. Although the condition is considered “benign” (not a threat to life or health), it can cause extreme eye discomfort including itching, burning, redness and other symptoms (see box). It is also very unsightly. While discomfort can be relieved, and the progress of a pterygium growth can be arrested, pterygium cannot be reversed except through surgery.

Pterygium is believed to be caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, intensified by reflection off the water (snow skiers are also susceptible but usually wear sunglasses or goggles). The UV exposure is made worse by simultaneous exposure to a number of factors that affect the eye’s all-important “tear film” and could impair its protective ability. Wind, solar radiation and numerous bacteria and microorganisms found in sea water are all known to cause the tear film to lose moisture, creating a condition called “dry eye syndrome” (whose symptoms are identical to the discomfort symptoms associated with pterygium). When the tear film loses moisture, tear salt becomes over-concentrated and starts to act as an irritant. Frequent exposure to salt water could heighten this effect.

Here is the point: The same steps that prevent or alleviate dry eye and eye discomfort will also prevent Pterygium. Continue reading